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 April 4, 2017

AMCHP 2017—Key Updates

Get Credit for Attending AMCHP 2017

The deadline to complete an online evaluation to receive Continuing Education (CE) credits from the 2017 AMCHP Annual Conference is April 10. [more]

AMCHP 2017 Archive

Key AMCHP 2017 items are now available on the conference archive webpage. This includes recordings of general sessions and selected workshops, as well as handouts, PowerPoint slides and photos. To access AMCHP 2017 handouts and resources, click here. [more]

TEDxUNC Videos

What if… Reimagining Maternal and Child Health in the U.S. was hosted at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. The discussion was led by university students and focused on health issues, equity, race and leadership through various lenses. [more]

Legislative & Policy Corner

AMCHP to Continue National MCH Policy Calls

Thank you to those who participated in the March National MCH Policy Call. A recording of the call is available. Please join AMCHP’s policy and government relations team for our next call on April 6 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET. [more]

Health Systems Transformation

Customizable Video Available to Promote Oral Health During Pregnancy

Did you see AMCHP’s pregnancy and oral health video on the big screen at AMCHP 2017? This informative, high-quality tool can be a useful resource to help educate women about the safety and importance of going to the dentist while pregnant. [more]

Get Involved

Title V Data Systems Integration Toolkit

AMCHP, in partnership with AEM, will develop an online Title V Data Systems Integration Toolkit to provide Title V leaders and stakeholders with resources and tools for integrating early childhood data and developing an early childhood integrated data system. [more]

Participate in a New eLearning Series

AMCHP, in partnership with Population Health Improvement Partners, will host a Quality Improvement (QI) eLearning Series for Title V staff to build capacity to apply QI tools and concepts to their work. The eLearning program is an interactive, virtual series of trainings that will allow participants to apply QI tools or concepts to issues they face working in MCH during virtual trainings with expert QI coaches from Improvement Partners. [more]

New AYAH-CoIIN States Announced

AMCHP is pleased to announce the new group of AYAH-CoIIN states: Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Washington and Wyoming. These multi-disciplinary teams plan to improve adolescent and young adult health care delivery by exploring policy and insurance level changes, reviewing measurement strategies, developing trainings and resources for providers, partnering with clinics on quality improvement projects, and utilizing communications and marketing efforts. [more]

Join AMCHP for the 2017 March for Babies Campaign

AMCHP is again supporting our partners at the March of Dimes by raising funds for and participating in the Maryland-National Capitol Area March for Babies on May 6 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. This year our fundraising goal is $3,000. [more]

Participate in a Virtual Conference

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Environmental Heath Tracking Branch to host a virtual conference on April 5 and 6. [more]

Increase Your Knowledge on Adolescent Health

The University of Minnesota will host a webinar on April 10 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. The webinar will focus on the Transforming Adolescent Care Learning Collaborative (TALK), an initiative of the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and United Healthcare Community Plan. Ohio Talk aims to increase the rate of comprehensive well-care visits for adolescents in primary care by improving office reminders, leveraging missed opportunities and exploring how adolescents and their families view their health care. [more]

Recommend a Youth to Apply for the 2017 YAC

The School-Based Health Alliance seeks new members for its Youth Advisory Council (YAC). The YAC brings together diverse and passionate high school and college students for a one-year term of leadership, advocacy and service to promote school-based health care on a national level. [more]

Participate in STD Awareness Month

STD Awareness Month (SAM) is in April. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages everyone to tackle the dangerous return of syphilis. CDC's SAM website has resources and guidance for health care providers and affected groups. [more]

Parents and Privacy

The Autism Research Institute and the Johnson Center for Child and Health Development will host a webinar on April 18 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. [more]

Moving from National Initiatives to Local Programs

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) will host the fifth webinar in the NACCHO Public Health Breastfeeding Series on April 19 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET. [more]

The Role of Mayors and City Leaders to Ensure Kids are Healthy

The National League of Cities will host a webinar on April 19 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET. The presentation will explore the links between education, health and city leaders. [more]

Enhance Your MCH Leadership Skills

CityMatCH is accepting applications for Cohort 11 of CityLeaders. This is a leadership training program for emerging and mid-level urban maternal and child health (MCH) leaders. CityLeader participants will engage in nine months of intensive training on the MCH Leadership Competencies, including one onsite meeting and a series of distance-based skills-building opportunities. [more]

Recognize Leaders in Population Health

The Public Health Foundation is accepting applications for the Future of Population Health Award. [more]

Excellence in Public Health Communications

The National Public Health Information Coalition is accepting nominations for the 2017 Berreth Awards for Excellence in Public Health Communication. [more]

Provide Your Feedback

The National Association of County and City Health Officials, with funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration, recently released the Local Health Department-Community Health Center Collaboration Toolkit. This set of tools is designed to support collaborations between local health departments (LHDs) and community health centers (CHCs) to increase access to and quality of critical services for underserved populations. [more]

 Participate in the Prematurity Campaign Collaborative

The March of Dimes launched a new Prematurity Campaign Collaborative. [more]

Publications & Resources

Zika Corner

CDC Report Reveals Zika-related Birth Defects Among Infected U.S. Pregnant Women

Of the 250 pregnant women in the U.S. who had confirmed Zika infection in 2016, 24 – or about 1 in 10 of them – had a fetus or baby with Zika-related birth defects, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This report is the first to provide the analysis of a subgroup of pregnant women in the U.S. with clear, confirmed test results of Zika virus infection. [more]

Workforce Development 
MCH Navigator Training Bundles and Topics

MCH Navigator recently released several workforce development tools. [more]

MCH Leadership Skills Development Series

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health developed the MCH Leadership Skills Development Series. The series brings leadership concepts to life in a maternal and child health context. [more]

Survey of Schools and Programs of Public Health

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health published a study on the practicum experience of students in U.S. public health agencies. [more]

General & Maternal Child Health

Special Issue of the Maternal and Child Health Journal

AMCHP is pleased to share a recent resource: a special issue of the Maternal and Child Health Journal. [more]

Health in All Policies

The National Association of County and City Health Officials published Health in All Policies — Experiences from Local Health Departments. [more]

The Disconnect Between Parent Knowledge and Behavior

Safe Kids Worldwide conducted a nationwide online survey among 2,000 parents with children under age 6 in order to better understand their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors when it comes to the safe storage of medicine. [more]

Addressing Food Insecurity

The American Academy of Pediatrics, in partnership with the Food Research and Action Center developed a toolkit for pediatricians to recognize and intervene in food insecurity. [more]

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Institute collaborative project, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, is now available online. [more]

Exceptional Parent 2017 Resource Guide

Exceptional Parent published a compendium of resources for the special needs community. [more]

Health Systems Transformation in MCH
Preserving the Children's Health Insurance Program and Other Safety-Net Programs

The Bipartisan Policy Center published a new report. [more]

Epidemiology and MCH
Breastfeeding is a Team Effort

The Washington State Department of Health designed an infographic. [more]

RCT Testing Bystander Effectiveness to Reduce Violence

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine published a research article on bystander-based programs. These programs have shown promise to reduce interpersonal violence at colleges, but their effectiveness in high schools has not been evaluated. [more]

The Flavor Trap

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Cancer Society Action Network, the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association published a new report. [more]

Children and Mental Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the fourth publication in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Rural Health Series. [more]

Delayed Walking May Signal Spontaneous Gene Anomalies in Autism

The National Institute of Mental Health reported that researchers have discovered a pattern of genetic glitches and behavioral features. [more]

Climate Change Harming Kids' Health

The Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health published a report that outlines how climate change is negatively impacting our health and taking a greater toll on children. [more]

Overdose Risk in Young Children of Women Prescribed Opioids

A new study published in Pediatrics found that young children of mothers prescribed opioids are at a markedly increased risk of overdose. [more]

Women's & Infant Health
Support for Healthy Breastfeeding Mothers with Healthy Term Babies

A new report published in the Cochrane Library examined the link between breastfeeding rates and effectiveness of support. [more]

Career Opportunities

AMCHP Searching for Epidemiology and Evaluation Program Analyst

The epidemiology and evaluation program analyst will contribute to the advancement of maternal and child health outcomes by performing a variety of epidemiology and quality improvement activities. General responsibilities include assisting in the provision of health data analysis, quality improvement assessment and research functions that contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of MCH-related programs and activities; serving as an AMCHP liaison to external entities and the public; and facilitating assigned collaborative processes and work products. [more]

AMCHP Seeking Spring/Summer 2017 Epidemiology & Evaluation Intern

AMCHP is searching for an epidemiology and evaluation intern for spring/summer 2017. The intern will work with the epidemiology and evaluation staff on the main initiative of developing the Data Translation Guide. Activities include gathering and compiling input from national experts on translating data to action; developing content and written material on steps in the data translation process; and designing a web-based tool to guide the MCH workforce through the data translation process. [more]


Services Grant Program for Residential Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women

Deadline: April 17, 2017
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is accepting applications for the 2017 Residential Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women grant program. The purpose of this program is to expand comprehensive treatment, prevention, and recovery support services for women and their children in residential substance use treatment facilities, including services for non-residential family members of both the women and children. For more information, click here.

Lead Poisoning Prevention — Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

Deadline: April 20, 2017
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding opportunity is intended to support activities to reduce childhood lead poisoning including blood lead testing, surveillance, and targeted population-based interventions. Awardees will be expected to demonstrate that processes are in place to identify lead-exposed children and link them to recommended services. For more information, click here.

State-based Perinatal Quality Collaborative

Deadlines: April 24, 2017
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accepting applications for a funding opportunity. These networks of perinatal care providers and public health professionals are working to improve pregnancy outcomes for women and newborns by advancing evidence-based clinical practices and processes through continuous quality improvement. The purpose of this program is to enhance the capabilities of state perinatal quality collaboratives to collect timely data to provide feedback to members to improve the quality of perinatal care in their respective states. For more information, click here.

For more funding opportunities, click here.